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Okay, so far I've managed to avoid blogging about this insane goober-natorial recall vote we've got coming up this week, but I've got to vent.

1. Our state has no money. Gee, let's spend a lot of money we don't have in a showy display of scapegoating. Makes sense to me (not).

2. Let's blame Gray Davis for absolutely everything that has ever gone wrong. Don't pay any attention to the state legislature that supposedly has a hand in running the government. Don't pay any attention to a national recession that has most states in dire financial difficulties.

C'mon: the guy may not be the most competent of governors, but it's not like he was embezzling funds or setting up prostitution rings out of his office. (Although, come to think of it, legalizing, regulating and taxing prostitution would bring a heckuvalot of money into state coffers, so let's not toss it aside unconsidered....)

3. Instead, let's hire an unashamedly opportunistic egoist who has admitted to lying about himself and his actions in order to get ahead in his career (sorry -- can't find the attribution right now, but I'll keep looking). While listening to one of the debates, I was struck with how he kept interrupting other candidates' air time with glib quips and cute comments that made the audience laugh but had ZERO substance. I was unsurprised when one of his campaign TV ads actually used the phrase "...this great state of ours."

Oh, and let's not forget his stellar record of treating women with respect and courtesy at all times. (Thanks, Aaron, for the link.)

In summation:
Yes, Davis screwed up. But it wasn't entirely his fault, and I sure as heck don't want to be screwed over even worse by the supposed cure.

Not that I have an opinion.


Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
-- Groucho Marx

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